Ridderman playing key role for Reed City

REED CITY — Lindsey Ridderman is a senior in her second varsity year with Reed City’s varsity soccer team and with high hopes of helping the Coyotes have winning success.

“We need to learn to work together because there’s new players,” she said last Wednesday after the Coyotes lost their season opener 4-0 to Newaygo.

The Coyotes had started their practice season only nine days before their first game.

“We’ve been outside … it’s helped a lot,” Ridderman said, referring to the warmer than usual temperatures. “I try to set up the offense and get goals.”

To get ready for this season, Ridderman played some indoor soccer. A few more games, she said, will give her a better indication on how much she has improved from a year ago.

“We have a lot of girls who were sophomores last year and are back,” Ridderman said, adding that a key for the Coyotes will be “communication, definitely, working together.”

The Coyotes compete against Central State Activities Association teams such as Big Rapids and Lakeview.

“We have a lot of different teams this year,” she said. “Last year, Lakeview and Big Rapids were really strong.”

Ridderman indicated defense will be a team strength.

“We also have a lot of quick people on the team,” Ridderman said.

“Lindsey and Morgan Cook are the top two returnees,” said RC coach Bryan Hall.